Staff Sgt. Michael Welford holds his tearful wife, Tina, during the redeployment ceremony Sunday. This redeployment will be the last for Fort Benning as the CONUS Replacement Center moves to Fort Bliss, Texas.

FORT BENNING, Ga., (Aug. 14, 2013) -- For one last time, Fort Benning's CONUS Replacement Center welcomed back deployed Soldiers and contractors Sunday at Freedom Hall.

Suzy Lewman and other Family members welcomed back her son Capt. Jonathon Lewman.

"I thanked the Lord when he got on U.S. soil," she said.

She and her Family will return to California, Suzy said.

From now on, those deploying or redeploying will do so through Fort Bliss, Texas.

"The CRC Battalion receives and processes non-unit related personnel for deployment to and redeployment from theaters of operation, provides command and control, logistical support and executes theater specific individual readiness training in order to support overseas contingency operations," according to the Fort Benning CRC website.

Between 2009 and 2013, Capt. Brian Zangenberg, battalion S-3 said the CRC unit trained more than 48,000 Soldiers and 23,000 civilians for deployment.

For the past 10 years, 203,000 Soldiers have come through the CRC at Fort Benning.

CRC is important because everyone gets the same training according to the same standards, Zangenberg said.

Once the move to Fort Bliss is complete, the CRC compound will be reassigned to the 316th Cavalry Brigade and some of barracks will be used as holdover barracks for 4th Ranger Training Battalion for Soldiers going throug

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